Sampson Veterans Cemetery

As you drive south on Route 96A from routes 5 and 20 or north from Ovid, NY, you will be driving on Sampson Veterans Memorial Highway. Yes, the state has approved changing Route 96A to Sampson Veterans Memorial Highway in conjunction with the proposed Sampson Memorial Cemetery.

You will come to the old Sampson Hospital entrance, which is going to be turned into a beautiful gateway to the Sampson Memorial Cemetery. There will be a sign and a wall built on each side of the highway leading into the cemetery. The road will be a double lane road with a median in the center. As you approach the cemetery you will come to the original Guard House built by the Navy in 1942 and used by the Air Force from 1950 to 1956. The Guard House will be renovated and used as an information center.

If you go to the right of the information center, you will come to the Memorial Brick Roadway with service flags on both sides of the road. Bricks may be purchased to help defray the cost of the cemetery. The cost to purchase a brick has yet to be determined.

If you go to the left of the information center you will come to the renovated Fire Station, which will be used as a chapel. The six windows in the back of the Fire Station will be replaced with stained glass windows representing the six services to include the Merchant Marines. It is also planned to install office space and rest rooms.

Another building to be renovated is the Hospital Area Brigg. The Brigg is brick and is in fairly good condition, however what it will be used for has yet to be determined.

This is just a small overview of the future if everything goes according to plan. They are aiming to open the cemetery during the middle of 2010.

Some of the costs have been determined and they are: Veterans will be buried for nothing, spouses will cost $900.00 and cremation will cost $400.00. There will be a form to fill out and a copy of your DD-214 must be attached.

To keep up-to-date on the cemetery progress check out their web site at:

Cemetery to be Established at Former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base
Albany - State Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-Fayette) and State Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) have announced that their joint legislation to establish a Veterans’ cemetery at the former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base in Seneca County has been signed into New York State law by Governor Spitzer. The legislation was adopted by the Legislature last month.“This is a great day for all veterans, who are America’s true heroes,” said Senator Nozzolio.  

For a view of the proposed site click on the map link below.